Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Watch terrifying moment fun seekers run for their lives after gunman opens fire at Texas party

This is the terrifying moment revelers ran for their lives after a gunman opened fire shooting five during a 600-strong party in a Texas park.

Two people were critically wounded and three injured in the shooting at Village Creek Park in Fort Worth over the weekend.

Officer Buddy Calzada revealed around 600 people had gathered to set off fireworks when around 30 gunshots were heard.

Adrian Gallardo, who lived across the street, told the Star-Telegram he had heard shots and saw 'people running everywhere'.

Video footage posted to Twitter showed youngsters running across a road away from the park.

Others hid behind cars as gunshots mixed with screams pierced the air.

At the Fort Worth Police Department the gang unit is taking the lead on the investigation.

One man who has lived on Edgewood near the park for 24 years, Raymond Brown, said the people at the party looked between 18 and 20 years old.

'This is one of the few parks in Fort Worth where African-Americans feel they can go and enjoy themselves,' Brown said.

Police were called to the scene at 6.59pm but there have so far been no arrests.

Calzada said: 'Our job as the police is to investigate exactly what all took place here from beginning to end.'

A second shooting was reported at a convenience store less than a mile away from the park at 7pm.

An employee at the store was shot in the hand, according to a police incident report, and officers are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.

On March 19, state Governor Greg Abbott ordered people not to participate in social gatherings of more than ten people.

State parks reopened on April 20 but people have been told to wear face coverings and masks and adhere to social distancing. People are also not allowed to visit in groups of five or more.

There have been 35,390 confirmed coronavirus cases and 973 deaths in Texas.